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New car registrations rise 22%

In May of this year, 8,171 new passenger cars and small commercial vehicles (up to 3.5 tons) were registered in Slovakia. This is 7.51 percent more than in the same period last year. Since the beginning of the year, 39,224 cars have been registered, a 22.42 percent year-on-year increase, Marta Nováková of the Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) informed the SITA newswire. Škoda remained the best-selling car brand in Slovakia, with a 19.81 percent market share in May. Volkswagen came in second with 7.33 percent share, and Peugeot placed third, with 7.27 percent. The fourth most popular car brand was Citroen with a 6.57 percent market share, followed by Renault with 6.47 percent, Suzuki with 6.11 percent, Kia with 6.11 percent, Ford with 5.53 percent, and Fiat with 4.95 percent. Opel closed the top-ten list in Slovakia with a 3.58 percent market share.

In May of this year, 8,171 new passenger cars and small commercial vehicles (up to 3.5 tons) were registered in Slovakia. This is 7.51 percent more than in the same period last year. Since the beginning of the year, 39,224 cars have been registered, a 22.42 percent year-on-year increase, Marta Nováková of the Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) informed the SITA newswire. Škoda remained the best-selling car brand in Slovakia, with a 19.81 percent market share in May. Volkswagen came in second with 7.33 percent share, and Peugeot placed third, with 7.27 percent. The fourth most popular car brand was Citroen with a 6.57 percent market share, followed by Renault with 6.47 percent, Suzuki with 6.11 percent, Kia with 6.11 percent, Ford with 5.53 percent, and Fiat with 4.95 percent. Opel closed the top-ten list in Slovakia with a 3.58 percent market share.

Among medium-sized truckmakers (3.5 to 12 tons), in the January-May period, registrations were down 12.68 percent compared to 2007. Iveco was again the most popular, with 34.60 percent of the market, followed by Mitsubishi Fuso with 17.86 percent and Renault with 11.61 percent.

Registration of new heavy trucks in the over-12-ton category rose 8.27 percent. Volvo was most popular, with a 19.79 percent market share; Scania was second with 17.48 percent, and Mercedes-Benz third with 17.26 percent. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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